Back into Flying

There’s nothing better than flying on a still, sunny morning, with my wingman by my side shouting instructions. 

“No no Dad it’s upside down turn it over!” (Hey, I was practising my inverted circuits and low inverted passes).  Note he has his own ‘remote control’ plane in his right hand…

After way too long out of the saddle, I’ve managed to get some decent hours in over the past couple of weeks.  A combination of finally moving house and unpacking the gear, great weather, and motivation from the wingman have helped to get me out in the local cricket field several times a week.

Motivation was also provided by an air show at the local Air Force base this weekend.  Of course New Zealand has a token Air Force (transport and search duties only), so we had to ask our Aussie cousins to bring a real jet plane (F111) over for a demo:


F111 performing a fuel dump and burn

Interestingly, the photo above was only marginally more spectacular than the sight of a Boeing 757 high-speed pass and 70 degree climb-out.

[tags]flying, RC, airshow, personal[/tags]

5 Replies to “Back into Flying”

  1. Looks like great fun! Say out of curiosity how much would the barest, most basic airplane R/C set up cost?

    Are you still doing gliders? Or just powered flight these days?

  2. Hmm lets see…
    Electric:
    You can get a GWS foam kitset including motor for about NZ$120
    Then you need a 4 channel controller, receiver, servos and speed control. I *think* you can get a kit of this stuff for maybe $300-$500 NZ

    Slope Gliders:
    Kitset (I’d recommend an Eraser) for around NZ$150
    2 channel controller, servos, receiver (like this complete set) for maybe NZ$150

  3. Hmm lets see…
    Electric:
    You can get a GWS foam kitset including motor for about NZ$120
    Then you need a 4 channel controller, receiver, servos and speed control. I *think* you can get a kit of this stuff for maybe $300-$500 NZ

    Slope Gliders:
    Kitset (I’d recommend an Eraser) for around NZ$150
    2 channel controller, servos, receiver (like this complete set) for maybe NZ$150

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